Everyone wants their home to look as lovely as possible all of the time. This is often easier said than done, especially with constraints on budget, space, and what your landlord allows you to do. The first thing you might have done is to research online for any tips and tricks about decorating your apartment rentals. It can be overwhelming to see all of the decor options out there, presenting a real struggle to make them fit in your space.
Apartment bathrooms are the biggest challenge as they are often small in size. Plus, they need to strike a balance between beautiful and presentable for guests. At the same time, it needs to be functional for day-to-day use.
The good news is that you don’t need to settle for what you have right now. With a few simple tweaks and upgrades, you can transform your bathroom into one that you love. Here’s how you do it.
1. Peel and stick vinyl
Peel and stick vinyl will allow you to upgrade the flooring of your bathroom quickly and easily. The best part about this is that anyone can do it. It is a simple as peeling and sticking the vinyl flooring to the ground as if you were placing stickers on the ground.
However, you may need to cut some of the vinyl pieces to fit the unique shape of the bathroom. This may take some trial and error, so it’s recommended that you buy 10-15% more of the flooring material than you think you will need based on the square footage. It is also probably worth watching a few video tutorials about how to do this.
As with any home improvement project, make sure you are learning from other people’s mistakes before your own. YouTube is the perfect source for this.
2. A new vanity
Installing a new vanity is a little more advanced, but the project is not as intimidating as it initially sounds. Many of them come complete with all of the pieces that you need to install a new vanity. This will instantly change the look and feel of your bathroom with minimal cost. If you are renting, you will need to check with your landlord if you can do this.
Everyone knows that plants can make a huge difference when it comes to any home. However, many people do not think to put plants in a bathroom. There is a good reason for this as many bathrooms don’t get a lot, if any, sunlight. That is why you should opt for plants that need only a little bit of light.
Another option is flowers in a vase. This is something usually saved for when you are expecting company. They can add a seasonal splash of colour to any bathroom. Artificial flowers can often look very real as well. You also won’t have to worry about watering them.
Painting is perhaps the most simple and easy way to change the look of your bathroom completely. You should not paint over tile, and instead, save the painting for areas of the wall that can take it well. Choosing the right colour can modernize a bathroom in just a few hours. Even more modern trends like accent walls can change a space.
5. A new mirror
If your bathroom feels small, you can make the space feel a lot bigger by using the simple trick of adding a mirror. If your bathroom mirror is small, then you could look to change it out for a larger one. Even the shape of the mirror could be what is holding you back. Large square mirrors are a much better use of space than ornate or circular ones.
6. Light fixtures
The light fixture in the bathroom can instantly change the space for the better. It will cast different shadows and brighten up the space beautifully. Even something as simple as changing out the lightbulb or cleaning the existing light fixture can have a positive effect.
7. A new shower curtain
This is a very affordable way to update any bathroom that has a shower curtain. You will be able to choose any design you want for the shower curtain and install it yourself within seconds. The curtain can breathe new life into the space. If you find that your bathroom is too dark, then a bright white shower curtain will do wonders for reflecting that light into the room.
8. Non-functional shelving
By this, we mean that the shelving isn’t used for bathroom essentials like shampoo or soap. Instead, you place decorative items. It’s really up to you what you put here, but they should all tie into the theme you have gone for with your bathroom. For example, if you went for a nautical theme, you could add a small wooden boat to the shelf or a shadow box with knots in it.